Graduate Education



DESCRIPTION : The Graduate Education Program of the Center for Juvenile Justice Training and Research, through the Department of Criminal Justice at Shippensburg University, offers a thirty-six credit graduate program leading to a Master of Science in Administration of Justice with a specialization in Juvenile Justice.

Classes meet five weekends each semester, from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM on both Saturday and Sunday. One class meets from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM and the other from 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM. The dates on which classes will meet are determined on a semester-by-semester basis, but the normal pattern is to meet every third weekend.

Most requirements in the program are traditional, i.e., papers, exams, textbooks; however, many of the methods of instruction that are utilized, and the majority of the material covered, is non-traditional and designed to meet the special needs of persons employed full-time in the juvenile justice field.

The program is competency-based; its intent is to develop in students a set of competencies jointly arrived at by the Shippensburg University Criminal Justice Department and the Juvenile Court Judges' Commission.

ELIGIBILITY : The program is available to full-time county juvenile probation officers in Pennsylvania who graduated from an accredited college or university with at least 18 credits in the behavioral or social sciences, and who have been, or will be, employed in the Juvenile Justice System for at least two years prior to admission in this program. As space allows, county juvenile detention staff may be admitted to the program upon the recommendation of the Juvenile Court Administrative Judge.

COSTS : The Juvenile Court Judges' Commission pays all tuition costs, and lodging (for students traveling more than 50 miles). Students are responsible for all other costs, including books, University fees and travel expenses. Cost for books and fees are approximately $600 per year.

CONDITIONS : Students agree to attend the program continuously for two calendar years, and to maintain their current employment status for the duration of the program and for at least two years after graduation. Students who fail to meet these conditions will be required to reimburse the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for all, or a portion of, tuition costs paid on their behalf.

APPLICATION PROCESS : Applications are accepted until November, for the next co-hort group, which begins the following June. Since there are a limited number of positions available for each class, admission is on a competitive basis. The application process is as follows:

1.       Submit the completed Graduate Education Program Application Form.

2.       Submit the Recommendation Form [PDF], which is to be completed and signed by the Chief Juvenile Probation Officer in your county. (Note: Applicants who are employed at detention facilities will also need a letter of endorsement from the county's Juvenile Court Administrative Judge.)

3.       Submit a copy of your undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts. Official transcripts are required. (If your undergraduate GPA is less than 2.75, you must take and pass the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the GRE).

4.       Submit your resume. In order to process your application for admission, please forward the above-listed items no later than November 1 to:

Leo J. Lutz, Director of Training and Graduate Education
Center for Juvenile Justice Training & Research 
Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 477-1185